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Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is reportedly in discussions with Tottenham Hotspur over a long-term contract offer, which would see him join the North Londoners. Spurs recently beat Neves’ side 1-0 at the Molineux, courtesy of a crisply taken penalty by Dele Alli.
However, reports from Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida claim the Wolves midfield general could be set to reunite with his former boss Nuno Espirito Santo in North London.
It is understood a fee of around £36million would be needed to prise Bruno Lage’s No.8 away from the Midlands.
However, discussions around a long term contract offer with Spurs are reportedly already underway.
Wheels are firmly in motion within this deal, and it is also reported Wolves have already lined up his replacement, as the Midlanders currently in discussions with Lille for a possible loan move for Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches.
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With Neves’ possible move to Tottenham looking more and more likely, there are a variety of shirt numbers available to the former Porto star.
Neves wore the No.8 at Wolves and the No.6 with Porto; however, these numbers are already occupied by Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez at the club.
The available number with the highest significance at Spurs is the No.9 shirt previously worn by Gareth Bale in his last season; however, with Neves playing either as a box-to-box midfielder or as a deeper lying playmaker, the No.9 shirt would not suit him.
However, the shirt number has found its way onto the most unlikely players in previous sides, with Steve Sidwell at Chelsea being awarded the number.
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Santo could potentially give Neves the No.12 shirt or the No.13 shirt, which would still be an attractive number for a player who will likely slide nicely into the first team.
Although Neves could also turn to his early playing days where he was afforded the more clunky, but perhaps unique numbers.
When he burst through the ranks at Porto and earned a sport in the first team, the classy midfielder was given the No.36 shirt which he inhabited for a single season.
After cementing himself a position as one of the key players with The Dragons, he was awarded the more prestigious No.6 shirt at Porto.
Or, perhaps the most likely, superstition could play a key role in his choice of shirt number.
Despite spending two years with Portuguese giants Porto, Neves was never able to win the Primeira Liga with the Blues.
Neves is yet to win a significant club trophy or League title, but he was a part of the Portugal squad which won the first ever Nations League title.
He came on as a late substitute in the final where a goal from Goncalo Guedes secured a 1-0 victory in the first ever Nation’s League final.
If superstition is to play a part in his choice of digits, then the No.13 he wore for Fernando Santos’ side could be the first number he wears for Spurs.
The No.13 is available and Neves has a great history with it, perhaps it is the one which could also push Tottenham to their first trophy since 2008.
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